"Books Fall Open, You Fall In"
I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars.
I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
The story centers around 17 year old Luke Grayson who is sent by his mother to live with his Baptist pastor father in Tennessee after he gets kicked out of his Washington DC private school. His stepmother is none too happy to have him there and his new principal, as well as the local police chief have already tagged him as a troublemaker. Naturally this doesn’t make transitioning into a new school very easy, but it’s not until Grant Parker, local high school football god, targets him that his world goes from bad to worse. A social pariah, Luke wants nothing more than to be left alone so he can finish his senior year and leave, but when an accident causes Luke to replace Grant in social status, he finally gets a chance to be popular. The only problem is that its based on a lie.
Having been the new kid a few times before (albeit a very long time ago….sigh) the synopsis for this book sounded like something I could relate to so I entered the giveaway. As luck would have it, I won! Yay books! I started in on it and could have easily finished it in one day had it not been for my pesky job getting in the way. This book was hard to put down! I found myself casting glances longingly in its direction, waiting for it to be lunchtime so I could pick it up again. Luke stuck out like a sore thumb and I nodded in a “been there, done that” way as I read it. I can’t say that I related to him completely as the level of bullying he received was far greater than anything I experienced, but I understood his frustration of coming into a school where long time cliques have already been formed and breaking into that barrier is almost impossible. Even if you do, you never completely feel like part of the group, as he discovers.
I really liked Luke’s character and found myself rooting for him even when he did things that were hurtful to his real friends. Even though you wanted to condemn him for it, you also kind of understood it. At least I did. I also liked Delilah and her sassiness. I admit I didn’t get Luke’s fascination with Penny when Delilah was clearly the better choice, but he’s a guy, soooo………
It’s not a fast paced book if that is what you are looking for. Rather it is a slow coming of age tale that has enough going on to keep the reader invested with likable characters (for the most part) and some cringe worthy moments that take you back in time to a place where you are thankful you aren’t anymore. There was also some light humor added in to take some of the weight off. I don’t usually read a lot of young adult books as I typically can’t relate to them anymore…those years have long since passed, but I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who has ever been the socially awkward new kid on the block…or really just anyone in general.
Total pages: 305, hardback
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